Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers insisted one his goalscorers of their 2-0 victory over AEK Athens should “phrase tougher” as he continues to develop with the Foxes.
The three factors ensured Leicester will enter Monday’s draw for the knockout levels of the Europa League as a seeded workforce after topping the group.
Chatting with BT Sport following the win, Rodgers mentioned: “I assumed within the first half, specifically, we had been excellent. We needed to begin robust and aggressive.
“I assumed we had been glorious. We labored our form very well, we had some nice moments within the recreation. Second half we went a bit of bit passive halfway via however every little thing I requested of the gamers they did.”
Relating to the spectacular performances of academy graduates Barnes and Luke Thomas, Rodgers mentioned: “Two younger boys via the academy. They’ve a lot capacity. We had been attempting to encourage them to run with out the ball.
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“Harvey Barnes was nice tonight, getting in behind and Luke did very properly tonight too.”
Cengiz Below has begun to adapt to life with Leicester, however Rodgers implored the Turkish worldwide to “work tougher” to develop into an much more integral a part of his workforce.
“He’s adapting to how we play,” added the supervisor. “He has to work tougher nevertheless it’s one thing that he’s working very arduous on and he’s received nice energy and a fantastic left foot. It was a fantastic end and nice approach.”
On Leicester’s season to this point, Rodger concluded: “We embraced all of the video games we’ve had. Now we have seen this as a chance to qualify as high but additionally for expertise.
“Numerous our gamers haven’t performed in Europe, so it’s been a fantastic alternative for us to make use of the squad. The extent has been actually good and the competitors to this point has been actually good.
“With all of the accidents that we’ve had, fourth place within the Premier League and qualifying for Europe, that’s an enormous testomony to the gamers to how they’ve labored and tailored.”
Barnes glad regardless of obligatory rotation
Leicester goalscorer Barnes additionally spoke to the press, telling BT Sport: “The match is new to us, we all know it will likely be a tricky problem however we’re actually glad to complete high of the group.
“It was essential to be high, that was a giant goal for us. I assumed we performed very properly tonight and we simply maintain scoring objectives for the workforce.
“It’s one thing I need to do [score goals]. I’ve scored six. It’s essential not simply to play properly in video games but additionally to get objectives.
“We’ve actually loved it. It’s been arduous enjoying Thursday and the weekend, that’s one thing for us to adapt to however I feel we’ve coped properly. There might be a little bit of rotation to maintain everybody recent however we’re glad to undergo.”